Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dave's Memorial

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I am notifying you about the death of Dave Young, who chose to end his life just one month ago in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Many of us knew him as an extremely sensitive, compassionate and hilariously funny soul, despite his on-going struggle with his demons that haunted him through so much of his life. He had a passion for justice, love for (and great taste in) music and the ability to find the humor in the most ridiculous situations. He leaves behind his wife, Anne, of Hot Springs, her son Kian and his lovely former step-daughter Xenia and his beautiful and amazing daughter Ava. His parents Andree and David Young of Petaluma and his sister Rachel are also left behind, along with many Aunts, Uncles and his grandmothers.

Despite this heartbreaking ending, his closest friends and I would like to extend an invitation to the friends and family of Dave- please join us on Sunday September 14th at 2pm at The Phoenix Theater in Petaluma to remember the person who touched our lives, made us laugh and brought so many of us together in the life-long friendships that remain.

I am asking old friends of Dave to write a story or memory and contribute photos of Dave that his old friend and classmate, Alicia Feltman can then put in a scrapbook that will be given to Xenia and Ava. Alicia can be reached at alicia@laladesign.com.

Also, if you'd like to make a CD compilation of songs that you knew Dave loved, we will be playing music during the potluck after the memorial (Please bring light snacks if you can). The CDs will be given to the girls as well.

Plans for a post-memorial wake of sorts are still in the making and will be announced at the memorial. Please contact me at o_dani_girl@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Please hold Dave's family and friends in your hearts during this sad time and please forward this message far and wide.


With love,

Dani, Xenia and Ava